5 must-watch movies on Netflix this weekend: The BFG and more

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 17: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill and Director Steven Spielberg attend the UK film premiere of the BFG on July 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 17: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill and Director Steven Spielberg attend the UK film premiere of the BFG on July 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images) /

Whether you need something for the whole family or something for just the adults in the house, there are some excellent movies on Netflix this weekend.

Admittedly, it is a relatively quiet weekend. Some of the movies will keep you entertained, but they’re not the best that Netflix has to offer. Instead, you’ll want to turn to some of the movies on Netflix from earlier this month.

There is still something for everyone. There’s a great live-action family movie that you need to watch (again, if you’ve watched it before), and there is a documentary that is worth tuning into, especially for those who followed the college scandal heavily.

Get your weekend set up with some great movies on Netflix.

5 best movies on Netflix to check out this weekend


Let’s start with the movie that’s perfect for the entire family. The BFG stands for “The Big Friendly Giant,” and that’s exactly what the lead character is. This is a great movie to teach all about acceptance and love.

Mark Rylance plays the titular character, with Ruby Barnhill taking on the role of Sophie, a young girl who befriends the giant. This giant is an outcast to his own people because of his refusal to hurt humans. What will he do when the other giants decide to hunt down Sophie?

Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal

You’ll know all about the 2019 college admissions scandal. It was all over the news, and there was simply no way of avoiding it. As Netflix fans, you’ll have also known that one of the Fuller House cast members was involved.

Now it’s time to look into the college admissions scandal, but not at the women and teenagers involved. Well, they’re brought up, but the focus is on the actual scandal. Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal is a look at Rick Singer and his fraudulent methods to get rich families into the top universities in the United States.


Judi Dench and Steve Coogan star in the next suggestion for movies on Netflix this weekend. Dench plays Philomena, who became pregnant out of wedlock as a teenager in 1952. he was sent to a convent to give birth, where the nuns took her baby, Anthony, away when he was a toddler.

For the next 50 years, Philomena searched everywhere for her son. Martin Sixsmith, a BBC correspondent, finds out about the story and travels to America where the toddler was adopted. It’s a heartbreaking story but also one of empowerment and love.

Crazy, Stupid, Love

Want love but in a fun way? You need a rom-com, and you’ll want to turn to one of the movies that dropped on March 1. Crazy, Stupid, Love is an entertaining option. It has an all-star cast that includes Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and Julianne Moore.

Cal is heartbroken and shocked when his wife wants a divorce. To get over the loss, he starts picking up women at a bar. It’s not his idea; it’s the idea of a new friend, Jacob. It’s a Steve Carell movie. You pretty much know what you’re getting!

The Pursuit of Happyness

Finally, there’s one that has sadness but also hope. The Pursuit of Happyness is a powerful film starring Will Smith and his real-life son, Jaden. In the movie, they play father and son.

Smith’s character is down on his luck. His wife has left him and he’s homeless. He needs to figure out a way to protect his son, and the only way to do that is to take an unpaid internship. What’s really important in your life? It’s a question you’ll ask watching this movie.

Which movies on Netflix are you watching this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

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